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The International Economic Summit

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What is the Summit?

An effective learning experience for high school and university students on globalization, international relations and economics. At the Summit, student teams, representing the nations of today’s complex world, compete for scarce resources, form strategic country alliances, debate global issues, invest in long term development projects, interact with global economic institutions, and seek to stabilize and advance the global economy

The Summit includes a ten-week curriculum in which students work in teams as virtual “Economic Advisers” to an assigned country and create a strategic plan to improve living standards for their population. The program culminates in a Mini Summit event at the school and a Regional Summit competition hosted at a local university. On that day, students implement their plans through activities such as alliance negotiations, economic proposal debates, a geography quiz, an economics test and an international export-import trading session.

History of the Summit

Between 1998 and 2004, with a grant provided by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Jody Hoff and the Idaho Council on Economic Education (ICEE) created and developed the IES curriculum, a thirteen-lesson program designed around core high school economic content that focuses on the complexities of trade and globalization. The idea for the program originated from an international trade session that teachers Kali Kurdy and Elsa Bennett of Boise, Idaho’s Borah High School incorporated into their Model UN program. Ms. Hoff and the ICEE developed the program into a curriculum, complete with classroom materials, interactive trade simulation activities, and a day-long summit competition.

By 2002, the program was being used in nearly every high school economics class in the State of Idaho. During this time, the ICEE also established a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF). For the following four years, FRBSF assisted in delivering the program outside the borders of Idaho, helping to establish three different Regional Summits throughout the State of California. By 2004, the IES program had also made its way into classrooms in Illinois, Indiana, Washington, and Tennessee.

In August 2006, FRBSF reached a licensing agreement with the ICEE to distribute the IES program throughout the Federal Reserve’s Twelfth District (including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington), making the IES program an increasingly important component of the Fed’s broader educational outreach. Currently, FRBSF provides participating teachers with IES training and materials at no cost to teachers or schools.

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Summit Agenda and Points

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How to Participate

There are three ways to participate in the International Economic Summit:

  • Educators
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsors


To enter your students or your school into the IES program, contact:


Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help students learn the importance of preparing for the world in which we live and work. As a volunteer you may be asked to serve as either a Summit Scorekeeper or a Summit Banker. You may also be called on to judge costumes and table displays. To volunteer, click the link here.


Thank you for your interest in the International Economic Summit™! Whether you are a school superintendent, a corporate executive, a university administrator, a teacher or a parent, you can help bring the Summit program to students in your area. If you wish to sponsor, click the link here.

Schedule of Summits

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